4 Reasons Why Embracing Failure Is The Only Way Forward
Very little people enjoy the feeling of a failed project, venture or effort within the workplace. Unfortunately, the majority of us will experience failure at least once in our careers, however it is how we deal with it that makes us grow. Embracing a lack of success is not an easy thing to do; disappointment is a terrible feeling, however if we don’t embrace it, it will only cause damage. The following four reasons will explain why embracing failure is the only way to move forward, and how failure can actually be of benefit to your career in the long-term.
1. Learning opportunity
Whilst this may be difficult to recognise shortly after an unsuccessful project, failures in our career provide the perfect opportunity for learning. It is important to take the time to understand what went wrong, list how you could do it better next time, and discuss this with colleagues to learn all sides of the story. If you can use this information to help better yourself, in turn, this failure will actually be positive for your professional development.
2. Increased professionalism
As mentioned, embracing failure is not easy. It is however the difficult times in our life which help us to grow, both personally and professionally. If you don’t allow the failure to affect the rest of your work, colleagues will admire how you react under pressure, and recognise your professionalism. Being able to stay cool under challenging circumstances requires great professionalism, and embracing failures from the beginning will only help you build on this very useful quality.
3. Newfound motivation
Funnily enough, there are a number of people who find failure to be a great source of newfound motivation in their careers. When we don’t achieve the results we were looking for, many of us find a drive we didn’t know we had to succeed next time. We are motivated to make the next project a fantastic success, and won’t stop until it is. As the well known quote says, “If at first you don’t succeed, try again”. Of course, if your next project doesn’t work out, you repeat this mentality and keep trying until you achieve what you desire.
4. A negative attitude does no good
After failure, it is easy to feel sorry for yourself, and negative towards your career. The reality is though; this will do no good for your mental health, or the morale within your workplace. The only way to come out the other end on a positive is by embracing failure. You can allow yourself one day to feel disappointed, but after that you must move on and work towards better results next time.
What do you think?
What are your views on embracing failure? Is it a necessary step for learning and building from experiences, or do you have another suggestion deal with less successful results? I’d love to hear how you’ve handled it in your career, and any other advice you can give to readers.
This article was written by Laura Hutton on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB.